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Stories & More for Preschoolers: Thursdays at 11:00 am

Preschool children and their caregivers are invited to these fun weekly gatherings. Miss Maryellen leads a lively hour of stories, songs, rhymes and hands-on craft activities, helping young learners develop vital early literacy skills, and helping families discover all the library has to offer. No advance registration is needed – just drop in and join the fun. Stories & More takes place weekly throughout the school year, with the exception of selected holidays.

Nature Drawing & Journaling: June 15, 10:00 am

Explore and enhance your connection to the natural world through these monthly workshops. Local artist, educator and environmentalist Penny Krebiehl will lead these workshops, Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon, gathering first here at the library before venturing out to various local natural areas. Penny will guide participants through sketching and journal writing techniques in the field, before reconvening back at the library for further discussion and sharing. Dress for outdoor temps/weather, and bring drawing supplies (notebook/journal, pencils/pens). Additional sessions will take place on July 20 and August 17. For information, contact Penny at [email protected].

Tech Tuesday – Digital Photography: May 28

The libraries of Leelanau County continue our Tech Tuesday afternoon tutorials with this introductory workshop in digital photography. Mark Morton of the Leland Township Library will be our instructor for the month, demonstrating the many functions and capabilities of SLR cameras. Bring your own camera, and your questions! The workshops will take place at the Leelanau Township Library on May 7, the Suttons Bay Bingham Library on May 14, the Leland Township Library on May 21, and here at the GLCL on May 28.  All sessions will take place at 3:00 pm.

Jane Elder – Wilderness, Water & Rust: May 30, 7:00 pm

Author and environmentalist Jane Elder will discuss her newly published book. It weaves together memories from her life in the upper Midwest with nearly fifty years of environmental policy work, presenting a unique insider’s perspective into the quest to protect the Great Lakes. Her book also charts a more sustainable path moving forward, offering a bold alternative to the “boom and bust” cycle of resource extraction that have led to both environmental and economic challenges. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Ms. Elder’s talk is presented in partnership with the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Ode to Asparagus: June 1, 2:00 pm

A-spear-ing poets are invited to come share their asparagus themed verse at the Ode to Asparagus, our contribution to the annual Empire Asparagus Festival. Poems of all styles are welcome – sonnets, haiku, epic, even limericks (PG-13 only, please). Submit your poems to the library by Friday, May 31, via mail to Glen Lake Library, PO Box 325, Empire, MI 49630; email to [email protected], or simply drop them off here at the library directly. Please include your contact information, and whether you plan to attend the reading in person. All poems submitted will be read, with an Audience Choice Award given for the best recitation.

Robert Van Dellen – Odes to Earth: June 5, 7:00 pm

Dr. Van Dellen will discuss the life and work of five award-winning writers: Annie Dillard, Rick Bass, Terry Tempest Williams, Barry Lopez, and Bill McKibben. All environmental advocates, they invite you to explore Tinker Creek in the mountains of Virginia, the Yaak Valley in Montana, the Great Salt Lake area, a diversity of places in California, Oregon, and elsewhere. Their influential work also explores the changing political and social landscape of American life, and the most important existential challenge we currently face: Global Warming.

Greeting Card Workshop: June 19, 1:00 pm

Create your own thoughtful greeting card with paper crafter Susan Schneider. Susan is a part-time Empire resident, and life-long crafting enthusiast. She’ll provide all the supplies and directions you need. To save a seat, please contact the library to register by Monday, June 17.

Get Set Up: Life-long learning for Seniors

Michigan seniors can take advantage of these great continuing education courses, offered free of charge in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Courses are accessed online, from the convenience of your own home, and can be enjoyed live or via recording. Get Set Up includes fun, social learning presentations and activities in a diverse range of subjects: personal technology training, food and cooking, health and exercise, travel, and much more. Have a look today!

History Hounds: from the Historical Society of Michigan

Explore fascinating topics in Michigan history with these weekly virtual lectures, presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, and available free of charge to patrons of the Glen Lake Library. Lectures are presented on Tuesday afternoons at noon, or Wednesday evenings at 7:00, in alternating weeks. Register in advance to receive the Zoom meeting link, specifying the Glen Lake Community Library as your member organization.

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Here’s a great new resource to support early childhood learning, delivered right to your cell phone. Register via a brief online form, and receive 8 – 10 text messages per month, each outlining a simple activity you can share with your little one. Or, even more simply, just text TALK to 75547. Many thanks to the Ypsilanti District Library and their partners for making this service available to all Michigan residents!